Ormond By The Sea, FL – Dangerous rip current conditions along Volusia County beaches have led to the death of a beachgoer.
The National Weather Service office in Melbourne posted about it on Twitter this morning.
July 12 | Unfortunately, there was a rip current fatality yesterday at Ormond-By-The-Sea. Every year, over 100 people die from rip currents in the US. Break the Grip of the Rip®! https://t.co/dWi1HQIqjb #BeachSafety #SummerSafety pic.twitter.com/DtiKHs0Xhm
— NWS Melbourne (@NWSMelbourne) July 12, 2018
Volusia County Beach Safety Captain Tammy Malphurs says the victim is a 61-year-old man from Michigan who was pulled from the water around 2 o’clock yesterday along the 1700 block of North Oceanshore Boulevard/State Road A1A in Ormond By The Sea. That’s just south of Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park.
“We are still experiencing hazardous rip current conditions,” Malphurs added. “Please swim in front of a staffed lifeguard tower.”
The victim’s name hasn’t been released, but Beach Safety officials did say CPR was performed on him at the beach after he was pulled from the water. Paramedics took him to a nearby hospital afterward.
Lifeguards have rescued over 140 people since Sunday, mostly due to dangerous rip currents which have prompted red flag warnings from VCBS.
Meteorologists say those conditions are caused in part by remnants of Hurricane Beryl, the first named storm since the season began June 1st. Alberto formed in late May as a Subtropical Storm.